Song of the Vikings

Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

By Nancy Marie Brown
(Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9780230338845, 244pp.)

Publication Date: October 30, 2012

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“As you read about 13th century storyteller Snorri Sturluson and his writing, you will also learn about the history of the fiercely independent Icelanders and their often difficult relationships with their Scandinavian neighbors. This book is full of blood-curdling tales of family rivalries all interwoven with stories of Norse gods and other mythical creatures of the sagas. Those who have read Tolkien's Lord of the Rings will find some names that will sound oddly familiar!”
-- Dominica Borg, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT


Description

Much like Greek and Roman mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Famous storytellers from JRR Tolkien to Neil Gaiman have drawn their inspiration from the long-haired, mead-drinking, marauding and pillaging Vikings. Their creator is a thirteenth-century Icelandic chieftain by the name of Snorri Sturluson. Like Homer, Snorri was a bard, writing down and embellishing the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Unlike Homer, Snorri was a man of the world--a wily political power player, one of the richest men in Iceland who came close to ruling it, and even closer to betraying it... In "Song of the Vikings," award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings Snorri Sturluson's story to life in a richly textured narrative that draws on newly available sources.




About the Author
Nancy Marie Brown is the author of highly praised books of nonfiction, including "The Abacus and the Cross "and "The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman". She has studied Icelandic literature and culture since 1978. Formerly the editor of the award-winning magazine "Research/Penn State ", Brown lives in Vermont, where she keeps four Icelandic horses and an Icelandic sheepdog.
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